Embedded in the DNA of the HBCCA is
the genuine desire and commitment to make positive impacts in the community of
Imizamo Yethu through services, programmes and projects touching all spheres of
people's lives - spiritually as well as materially.
Iziko Lobomi - Centre of Life, has been a symbol of hope and
unity to the community ever since it opened its doors in 1996, more than twenty
years ago. As a Church-cum-Adult Skills Training Centre countless people have
been helped over the years through skills training, feeding programmes, welfare
and disaster assistance, family crisis intervention, counselling and spiritual
currently provides a venue for more than 30 different community-based church
denominations to conduct various meetings such as church services, youth
meetings, weddings and funerals.
This Centre is
used by secular organisations and institutions for the delivery of community
services, community meetings, celebrations, fund-raising events, skills
training, etc. etc. It operates 7 days a week and is open from 7h00 to 10h00
the Centre is primarily used as a hub (by all residents of the township) that
provides a large variety of services. Among these services are healthcare,
social welfare, a soup kitchen, play school for 30+ pre-school children,
administration services and self-assistance, empowerment and skills development
opportunities delivered in-house or by external service providers.
A TYPICAL MONTH
In a typical, normal month (with no
extraordinary community happenings such as fires, storms, crime issues, etc.)
more than 1,200 nutritious meals are served to the unemployed, elderly, sick,
persons with disabilities, Centre volunteers and poor members in the community.
More than 30 groups will book the hall
for different types of meetings (as mentioned above) involving between 2,000 and
3,000 people from the community.
On average approximately 200 visitors
will go through the doors coming from more than fifty countries all over the
world (including South Africa) to experience the activities at the centre and at
the same time supporting the different small businesses (craft stalls) operating
on the premises.
in various skills takes place at the Centre on an ongoing basis. Over the years
adult men and women, young and old, have been trained in valuable practical skills such as
sewing, fabric painting, beading work, cooking, pottery, bricklaying, etc.
In recent years most of the training offered at Iziko
Lobomi was focused on particular job skills such as Customer Care Training and
more recently, Restaurant Server training. These are valuable skills and very
sought after by employers in both the retail and hospitality fields.
Iziko Lobomi Learning Centre offers students the opportunity to study for online
Certificates and Diplomas in 8 different fields: Technology, Language, Science,
Health, Humanities, Business, Mathematics, Marketing and Lifestyle (http://www.alison.com)
The Learning Centre is equipped with six desktop
computers with permanent broadband Internet connections. Two permanent
facilitators are on duty during the day and in the evenings.
Iziko Lobomi is bustling with activities in the
afternoons - dancing classes, after-school children attending computer literacy
training classes, doing school homework and studying for tests and exams.
Over the years Iziko Lobomi has been a popular venue
for numerous talented entrepreneurial men and women from where they could run their micro
businesses. This enabled them to earn a living and made it possible for them to put food on the tables of their families.
main source of sales comes form local and overseas visitors accompanied by
township tour guides. Their products are popular because they are all made
locally, are authentic and absolutely unique.
As was the intention right from the start that Iziko
Lobomi would be the main venue for the more than 30 different mainstream and
local church denominations. These churches primarily book the hall for meetings
after hours and over weekends.
Church services, prayer meetings, special
occasion meetings, weddings and funerals are what the Iziko Lobomi hall is
mostly booked for.
Lobomi is a very popular venue for important community meetings.
On a regular basis the Centre is used as venue by
different types of organisations and institutions: Police forum meetings, Local
Council related meetings, Neighbourhood Watch (Patrollers), Department of
Health, various local Clubs, Associations and Societies
Iziko Lobomi is also used as a poling station during national and local
elections as well as a disaster relief base in times of crisis such as flooding
A small team of dedicated women keeps a caring eye on
adult men and women in need of personal daily care due to illnesses or
disabilities. Respite facilities at Iziko Lobomi to accommodate approximately
six adults are available and being used for this purpose.
Regular information sessions are arranged by local
health authorities to inform the community on issues such as HIV/AIDS,
tuberculosis, malnutrition, sexuality and related diseases, etc. etc.
The Centre is also used by the local Clinic as
distribution point of chronic medication to people in the community.
The kitchen plays a very important role in the daily
activities of the Centre. Manned by a loyal and hard-working team of volunteers,
the kitchen-team prepares large amounts of food daily for the elderly, sick,
disabled, homeless and unemployed people of the Imizamo Yethu community. For
many years daily nutritious meals have been sponsored for approximately 60
people by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape's Sustainable Livelihood
The SLP Programme include nutritious pre-packed food
parcels delivered to homeless people in the Hout Bay CBD including food parcels
for men waiting for employment at traffic light intersections.
Every work several local volunteers do their rounds at
the local supermarkets to collect ‘unsaleable’ food for distribution at Iziko
Lobomi for needy residents in the community. The food collected are mostly of
very good quality and can bring a welcome relief to a person low on funds.
SASSA provides their service to the Imizamo Yethu
community twice a month by using Iziko Lobomi as their service delivery venue.
To have this service within walking distance for community members is a huge
privilege and the HBCCA is proud that we are able to assist them in delivering
such a crucial service.
Lobomi is the spiritual heart of Imizamo Yethu and a place of refuge for many in
need. Members of many different denominations work together in teams to reach
out to the community of Imizamo Yethu.
Outreaches take the form of combined
evangelistic rallies comprising of special evangelistic services, literature and
Bible distribution and film shows.
Regular youth meetings are held during
the week, catering for children ages 3-13 and young adults.
Iziko Lobomi plays a vital role in times of disasters
especially when fires break out among shack dwellers which is a common
occurrence. Shelter and food is provided during these disasters at Iziko Lobomi
for victims of these fires and is used by the local government and disaster
relief organisations as base for the distribution of aid to the affected
On average more than two hundred visitors (local and
abroad) visit Iziko Lobomi every month. These visitors are mostly accompanied by
local township tour guides who take small groups on walking tours through the
township. These tours are popular with old and young and takes place all through
To many of them the stop at Iziko Lobomi is their
highlight of their township walk because here they get an opportunity to enjoy
the warm hospitality of our staff and can get firsthand experience of this
vibrant, one-of-a-kind community centre.
Over the years many energetic volunteers spent some of
their valuable time in the services of the HBCCA. These volunteers (local or
overseas) are always welcomed with open arms. Volunteers will mostly be used
inside Iziko Lobomi assisting staff with office or kitchen tasks. Many
volunteers have been used to help with community upliftment projects.
Our volunteers often become some of Iziko Lobomi's
most loyal ambassadors. Overseas volunteers have been from countries as far as
Russia, the Netherlands and Australia.
Over the years it has been possible for the HBCCA to
get involved in projects outside the boundaries of our own property. We have
termed these projects 'community upliftment projects' because the purpose behind
these project is to make a contribution to our surroundings that will have an
'uplifting' effect on people's spirits and moods and at the same time gives them
a sense of pride in their neighbourhood.
The positive feedback we keep getting from residents
in the community serves as motivation to keep doing it as longs as funds are
available for these projects. To date, all of our projects have been funded with
funds received from supporters (local and abroad) specifically for these
The positive responses from our supporters when
approached for funds confirmed their excitement and approval of what we were
doing on behalf of the community!